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International Business Strategy
Rethinking the Foundations of Global Corporate Success

3rd Edition


  • Date Published: September 2021
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108738378

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  • Now in its third edition, this core textbook for advanced undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students combines analytical rigour and managerial insight on the functioning and strategy of large multinational enterprises (MNEs). Verbeke and Lee develop an original conceptual model that supports student learning by providing an integrated perspective, rooted in theory and practice. The discussion also includes unique commentaries on seventy-four seminal articles published in the Harvard Business Review, the Sloan Management Review, and the California Management Review over the past four decades, demonstrating how the key insights can be applied to real businesses engaged in international expansion programmes, especially as they venture into high-distance markets. This third edition has been thoroughly updated and features new sections on multinational entrepreneurship, strategic challenges in the new economy, and international business strategy during globally disruptive events, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will benefit from updated case studies, improved learning features, and a wide range of online resources.

    • Guides students to an in-depth understanding and command of the material by synthesizing 74 articles from HBR, SMR, and CMR
    • Engages students in 'Strategic challenges in the new economy' through a new section in each chapter addressing the complexities arising from the growth of the digital economy and from the deployment of more complex business models across national borders
    • Equips students to address crises and to develop emergency plans as prospective, next-generation managers of MNEs in environments with high external risk and uncertainties through new chapter sections on 'International business strategy during globally disruptive events'
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This revised edition of Alain Verbeke's textbook builds on the strengths of the very first edition, and continues to stand out from other textbooks in two respects. First, the analytical framework summarizing the nature of international business presented in the first half of the book is consistently used in all subsequent chapters. Second, this conceptual toolkit helps students to understand the complexities of international business in the real world.' Sjoerd Beugelsdijk, Professor of International Business, University of Groningen

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: September 2021
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108738378
    • length: 675 pages
    • dimensions: 243 x 170 x 24 mm
    • weight: 1kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    About the authors
    Foreword from Jean-François Hennart
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction and overview of the book's framework
    Part I. Core Concepts
    1. Conceptual foundations of international business strategy
    2. The critical role of firm-specific advantages
    3. The nature of home country location advantages
    4. The problem with host country location advantages
    5. Combining firm-specific advantages and location advantages in a multinational network
    Part II. Functional Issues
    6. International innovation
    7. International sourcing and production
    8. International finance
    9. International marketing
    10. Managing managers in the multinational enterprise
    Part III. Dynamics of Global Strategy
    11. Entry mode dynamics 1: Foreign distributors
    12. Entry mode dynamics 2: Strategic alliance partners
    13. Entry mode dynamics 3: Mergers and acquisitions
    14. The role of emerging economies
    15. Emerging economy multinational enterprises
    16. Multinational entrepreneurship
    17A. International strategies of corporate social responsibility
    17B. International strategies of corporate environmental sustainability
    Conclusion: The true foundations of global corporate success

  • Authors

    Alain Verbeke, University of Calgary
    Dr Alain Verbeke is a professor of International Business Strategy and holds the McCaig Research Chair in Management at the Haskayne School of Business (HSB), University of Calgary (Canada). In 2014, Dr Verbeke was elected as the Inaugural Alan M. Rugman Memorial Fellow at the Henley Business School, University of Reading (UK). In 2019, he was appointed as a Dean's Circle distinguished research fellow at the College of Business, Florida International University (USA). He is also an adjunct professor at the Solvay Business School, University of Brussels – VUB (Belgium). He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Business Studies – JIBS, and is an elected fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB) and the European International Business Academy (EIBA).

    I. H. Ian Lee, Loyola University Chicago
    Dr I. H. Ian Lee is an associate professor of International Business and Strategy at the Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago (USA). Dr Lee has published in leading journals in the areas of international business and entrepreneurship. He currently serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of International Management, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, and Asian Business & Management. Prior to joining academia, Dr Lee served for eight years as a deputy director at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy in South Korea. He was the recipient of the 2018–19 Alan M. Rugman Visiting Research Fellowship at the Henley Business School, University of Reading (UK).

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